Freak Motif is a live improv funk/hiphop/soul collective from Calgary, AB. They’ve just released their debut album, La Casa Blanca, and are performing for the first time in Kelowna – Sat Nov 10 at Doc Willoughby’s.

The first Freak Motif jam was a parade along 17th ave one Wednesday night. People came running off of restaurant patios to party til the police told everyone to go home. That energy started the Wednesday night tradition: musicians from all over the place getting together to play original music, always from the soul, always improvised. Sometimes there were 35 people, sometimes there were 3. Sometimes it was just horns and drums, for a while there was a harp player, and once there was a bagpiper.

Gradually the Wednesday night jam became FREAK MOTIF, the band: a 7+ piece dance party featuring horns, singers, rappers, breakdancers and graffiti artists. They’ve played over 70 shows together and toured across Alberta and BC, bringing the jam to house parties, Music festivals, Dance festivals, and the Calgary Improv Festival with Colin Mochrie.

Some of the band’s musical influences are: the Meters, the Roots, Parliament/Funkadelic, Phish, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, and the Budos Band. Every show is different, the audience is the inspiration for the Freaky hypnotic grooves.

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